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Poetic Forms – Part 9. English 12 - Tolley Sonnets: Free Verse & Blank Verse. Free Verse:. No rules for meter or rhyme.

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poetic forms part 9

Poetic Forms – Part 9

English 12 - Tolley

Sonnets: Free Verse & Blank Verse

free verse
Free Verse:
  • No rules for meter or rhyme.
  • This makes the poem free to find its own form according to what the poet - or the poem - wants to say, but still allows him or her to use rhyme, alliteration, rhythms or cadences (etc) to achieve the effects that s/he feels are appropriate.
free verse1
Free Verse:
  • A poem composed of varied, unrhymed lines having no fixed metrical pattern.
  • NO strict Form Rules!
  • NO rhyme rules
  • NO meter
  • Lines are usually different lengths
free verse example
Free Verse Example:
  • Earth by Katie Peterson
  • I didn't come here to make speeches.
  • I didn't come here to make trouble.
  • I didn't come here to be
  • someone's mother.
  • I didn't come here to make friends.
  • I didn't come here to teach.
  • I didn't come here to drag the space heater
  • from the house in summer with an extension
  • cord out to the orchard because
  • the peach trees we planted
  • in a climate that couldn't take them
  • didn't thrive, couldn't sweeten
  • their fruit in a place like this.
free verse example 2
Free Verse Example #2:
  • Song of Myself (excerpt)
by Walt Whitman

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loaf and invite my soul,
I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

blank verse
Blank Verse:
  • A poem made up of unrhymedlines of Iambic Pentameter (U / x5)
  • So, like a sonnet, but any length you want, and no rhyme, no “turn” or “volta”…

(Ok, so basically not like a Sonnet at all, it’s just iambic pentameter too)

blank verse example
Blank Verse Example:

From “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

U / U / U / U / U /

By this still hearth, among these barren crags

Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole

Unequal laws unto a savage race ,

That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.

blank verse example 2
Blank Verse Example #2:
  • The Ball Poem
  • By John Berryman
  • U / U / U / U / U /
  • What is the boy now, who has lost his ball,
  • What, what is he to do? I saw it go
  • Merrily bouncing, down the street, and then
  • Merrily over-there it is in the water!
  • Your homework is:
  • 1. Rehearse & plan how you will speak and perform your chosen poem for Poetry Café day (next class!!!).
  • 2. If you are participating in the treat contest, then remember to bring your treat (you may drop it off in my room at the start of school if you prefer). I will only have napkins, so if you need plates, forks, etc– bring them!
upcoming reminders
Upcoming Reminders:
  • Your Final Exam is approaching!
  • Your Poetry Zine is due when you walk into the Final! (S0 start it soon!!!)
  • Periods 4 & 5: Final Exam is Wed, May 29th.
  • Period 2: Final Exam is Thurs, May 30th.
  • Get your Poetry Zine started, so it is polished and ready to turn in on Final Exam day.
  • Study for your Final Exam! (Use yellow notes packet, and the lectures on my Website)